President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that final year students in all schools across the country can report to school to prepare for their final examinations.
Nana Addo on his 10th national address on Sunday, May 31, 2020 has nstructed that continuing students, namely first and second-year students are however exempted from this latest directive.
He said “From Monday, 15th June 2020, the decision has been taken, after engagement with the Teacher Unions, whose co-operation I salute, to reopen schools and universities to allow for final-year junior high, senior high and university students to resume classes ahead of the conduct of their respective exit examinations. Indeed, final year university students are to report to their universities on 15th June; final year senior high school (SHS 3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students, on 22nd June; and final-year junior high school (JHS 3) students on 29th June. JHS 3 classes will comprise a maximum of thirty (30) students; SHS classes a maximum of twenty-five (25) students, and University lectures will take place with half the class sizes.”
“All final year students of educational and training institutions, which are being managed by Ministries other than the Education Ministry, are to return to school on 15th June to complete their exit examinations”
Prior to the announcement, the Office of the Presidency held several stakeholder meetings with the teacher unions to discuss proposals on safety protocols that should be enforced to ensure that there is no further spread once students are allowed to report back to the classroom.
The reopening of schools for mainly final year students will be a pilot test to determine further reopening of mainstream education and classroom activities.
In recent weeks, there had been raging debates on social media on whether or not the restriction on schools should be eased.
This lead to a division amongst the teacher unions as diverse views were being argued on the subject matter.
The announcement of the reopening of schools for final year students is expected to be received with varying concerns by the public.